After years of fighting to remain in the U.S., Newton resident Rigoberto Mendez was due to be deported to Guatemala Friday morning, Julie Cohen of the TAB reports.

Mendez said it’s the family’s plan that his 18-year-old son Roberto Felipe Lopez remain at UMass-Boston where he’s studying accounting on a full scholarship. However, since Mendez is the breadwinner he added, “But who knows for how long?”

His wife Imelda Felipe Lopez, also an undocumented immigrant, is being treated for brain cancer and cannot work.

“It’s not going to be easy. Who’s going to pay the bills,” he asked.

His 10-year-old son Max Felipe Lopez, a fourth-grader at Horace Mann Elementary School, has been crying nonstop since the family received the news. Mendez said he finally fell asleep in his arms on Thursday.


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